Former one-term US Rep. Charles Djou (R-Honolulu) was one of the individuals looking to enter the open 1st Congressional District race now that incumbent Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Honolulu) is challenging Gov. David Ige in the Democratic primary. In an announcement yesterday, Mr. Djou said he will not become a congressional candidate in 2018, preferring to launch another run to become Mayor of Honolulu in the 2020 election.
Democrats are already fielding four candidates, including Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, state Rep. Kaniela Ing (D-Honolulu), state Senator and former congressional candidate Donna Mercado Kim (D-Aiea), and Honolulu City Councilman Ernie Martin. Republicans have yet to field a candidate. At this point, Democrats must be rated heavy favorites to retain the seat.
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